Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
At about that time in 2002, The Staff was also doing a brief newsletter, The Aventuras Sunrise, for the small community of condominium owners at Aventuras Akumal.
So, The Akumalian is a natural progression and outgrowth of The Akumal Sun Times and The Aventuras Sunrise, but it has a much broader audience, and it is on the Internet
Fifteen died. The two survivors were Geronimo De Aguilar, who was a friar and warrior, and Gonzalo Guerrero. It was Guerrero who would have a lasting impact on the Akumal area culture.
Gonzalo Guerrero wound up marrying the Mayan princess Zazi and fathered the first mestizos, so called white Indian. He went on to teach the Maya new war techniques they would later use in their fight against Spaniards.
The Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes arrived in Cozumel and heard about the ship wreck and two survivors in Akumal. He sent emissaries to look for them. The search party located the two, and Geronimo de Aguilar was returned to Cortes' camp. Later, the rescued sailor would become the first translator and guide in the conquest of Mexico.
Gonzalo Guerrero adapted to his life with the Maya. As he told the emissaries he was no longer a Spaniard; he was Mayan. He stayed in Akumal with his wife and three children until he died in 1536. Today, a statue of Gonzalo Guerrero stands at the entrance to Akumal, just after the arch.
That ship wreck in 1511 is not to be confused with the wreck of El Matancero, which is south of Akumal, just off the coast of Bahia Principe.
Just before dawn, on February 22, 1741, the lookout aboard El Matancero, a Spanish merchant ship sailing near the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan, yelled in near panic, the most dreaded warning possible, “Rompientes! (breakers!).” Crew members on the weather deck raced to the lee side of the ship and stared in disbelief at the ominous form of the surf, with its turbulent foam taking on a ghostly appearance in the wan light of the crescent moon. Even before the more experienced seamen among the ships complement of nearly seventy men could respond to the alarm with course-altering ship saving actions, El Matancero, with a sickening crunch and a violent lurch that toppled sleeping sailors out of their hammocks, ran aground on one of the countless coral reefs that make the Caribbean shores of Mexico and Central America one of the most treacherous coastlines in the world for sailing vessels.
The Akumalian wants to acknowledge the assistance and encouragement, to say nothing of patience, that Macon Gravlee provided over the initial phases of trying to launch this Web Site. Without Macon's help, The Akumalian would not be where it is today. Thanks, Macon.